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Here’s 8 acts of kindness for Valentine’s Day to help your kids practice being kind. Includes free printables, ideas, crafts, and loads of ideas. Help your family spread love and kindness and join our conspiracy of kindness with your kids.
Every year when Valentines rolls around I find myself torn. On the one hand I love the idea of a day that celebrates love. On the other hand I feel increasingly uncomfortable about how consumer driven this event has become. Could we find a different way to share love on Valentine’s Day? Could we model a way of celebrating the day that helps our families offer the gift of love and kindness?
I felt sure the answer was yes, so I wentt looking for ideas. I read through dozens of different acts of kindness for Valentine’s Day. These were my criteria
They had to be
- Simple and practical ideas.
- Easy for younger children to do. There are no complicated crafts here!
- Fun for both parenst and kids.
I’ve gathered together the very best ideas I could find. Some of these acts of kindness were not specifically for Valentine’s Day, but can easily be adapted.
8 Inspiring Acts of Kindness For Valentine’s Day
1. Send letters of appreciation
As a family brainstorm a list of people that serve the community in ways that tend to go unnoticed. Folks like the hospital janitor, cashier at the store, or school secretary. Write and deliver notes of thanks. I love these tiny folded heart notes from Messy Little Monster. Adapt them by writing, “Thanks for everything you do.”
2. Babysit for some new parents
Give the gift of time to new parents by offering to babysit on Valentine’s Day. It can be hard to carve out time together when you have a newborn and babysitting can be expensive. Invite your children to come with you. Our boys always enjoyed helping to look after young children.
3. Be kind to the earth
The emphasis on material expressions of love tends to bring a lot of waste with it. Show some kindness for the environment by carefully considering how you might celebrate a waste free Valentine Day.
Could you celebrate by spending time together doing something fun, or make gifts that use recycled materials? I have gathered together a number of eco-friendly Valentine’s Day over at Pinterest to help provide some inspiration .
4. Give Healthy Valentine Teats
A big part of Valentine’s Day is candy. Don’t get me wrong I love chocolate and other sweet goodness. Still I am increasingly aware that too much sugar is not a good thing.
In fact the over consumption of sugar is linked to a host of health problems. Why not mix in some healthy Valentine treats? These free Valentine fruit tags will bring a smile to any child’s face.
5. Give fairly traded treats
In recent years attention there has been a drive to raise awareness that children are forced to work in some cocoa farms. You can get more information about this issue here.
As consumers we can choose where we spend our money. Buying fairly traded chocolate is a powerful way to send a message to the chocolate makers. Child labor is not acceptable and we will not support it.
6. Give to organizations that help families
Celebrations such a Valentine’s Day can be hard for families going through hard times. Decorate a jar with hearts and use it to collect coins.
Contact a local organization that reaches out to help families in your community and ask them what they need. These might include a women’s shelter, food bank, or refugee center. Go together as a family to buy and deliver the needed supplies.
7. Help the homeless
Put together kindness bags to hand out to people in need. February can be a cold month for people of the streets. Kindness bags are fun to assemble and give out. Take the bags to a homeless shelter if you don’t feel comfortable handing them out.
8. Leave fun surprises for others to find
- I love these bright kindness clips from Happiness is Homemade. Challenge your kids find creative places to clip them and brighten someone’s day.
- Download and make these adorable bookmarks from Natural Beach Living. Take them down to the library and leave them in your favorite books as a surprise find for someone else. You may want to tell the library staff what you are doing first!
- Make up these smile it forward compliment cards from The Kid’s Activity Blog. Leave them in random places around your community for people to find. How creative can you be?
Creating an action plan for your family
Call a family meeting to talk about ways your family can spread kindness around for Valentine’s Day. You might start by watching this video from Kids For Peace.
- Explain that you want to do some acts of kindness for Valentine’s Day and brainstorm ideas. Ask: what could we do to show kindness this Valentines Day? Listen to your children’s ideas and write them down. Read through the ideas in this post and invite your kids to choose their favorites. Look through your list and choose one or two ideas.
- Take a look at what you will need to do. Make lists and schedule time to gather supplies, make crafts, and go out to spread kindness.
- Be generous in your praise and encouragement as your kids practice kindness.
Valentine’s day can be a wonderful time for families. It is a time to make memories and affirm your love for each other. Adding in some acts of kindness will turn this day into a time of giving and that is great way to celebrate love.
How will you celebrate February 14th with your children this year? Have you found ways to incorporate some acts of kindness for Valentine’s Day into this celebration? Please share your ideas in the comments below.